SURROUNDED by prize cattle at the Roma Show, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce made a special announcement to the crowds.
The Government is set to invest $8 million for further infrastructure, predominately with capping and piping of bores within the Great Artisan Basin.
Mr Joyce said the two-year funding extension would see the delivery of important water infrastructure upgrades.
"We know how important this program is and the savings we get,” he said.
"We want to keep those bores being capped and if we can just get a bit of money in the interim, we can start working ourselves up for another program soon.”
Mr Joyce said anyone in the Maranoa could get support for the piping and capping of bores to help yield better profits from their properties.
"If you have better capping then you have better control of your stock,” he said.
"So you can muster in your paddock and if you want to just turn off the bore then they can muster themselves.”
Mr Joyce also spoke about the recent announcement of the Budget and the positives for rural Queensland.
"It's good to see we now have 1800km of dog fencing rolling out, sheep prices are good, wool prices have turned around and cattle prices maintain a very strong position,” he said.
"All of our protein lines are going well and we keep growing the live cattle trade.
"We always try to make sure we get a better return through the farm gate and try to get an investment back on to the farm.”
Mr Joyce said Roma was important to the overall plan.
"Roma is important to the Great Artisan Basin and it's paramount to both the cattle and sheep industry,” he said.
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